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Does anyone here really add water every single month? Just kinda curious after reading what the gentlemen said who is dogging on club store batteries.

Ive had my club store specials for 7 months now. Finally checked water for the first time yesterday. They were not as low as i expected. Each cell took a tiny little pour. Maybe 1-2 tablespoons each. (i did check specific gravity when brand new just to make sure each cell was happy and healthy)

Regarding being constantly maintained at home. I finally took my darn batteries out of the trailer with daily solar charging and will store in the cool garage. Wish i didnt wait until the end of summer. So many months just getting beat in the sun for nothing.

Mine are right on the tongue so its pretty quick to yank them out.

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Posted: 09/10/19 08:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I got my batteries about 3 years ago.


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wopachop wrote:

Does anyone here really add water ...


I had to toward the end of their life. Due to their age? Due to going with solar charging? All I know is they started needing a lot of water.

Rarely added water when the WFCO kept them under charged. If you're never adding water, you're probably under charged.


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Could it be lack of equalization charge? My converter and solar suck.

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wopachop wrote:

Could it be lack of equalization charge? My converter and solar suck.


Possibly lack of equalization for 9 years, and then starting. I'm pretty sure the equalizing was boiling most of the lost water out, which runs automatically once per month with my CC. But at 10 years, I can't complain and don't want to overthink it. I have that turned off now for the AGM, and could have with the flooded too. Didn't really think about it, because it was just time to change.

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enblethen wrote:

I get 6 volters from Costco. About $80 per battery.

$80?
https://www.costco.com/Interstate-6-Volt........Golf-Cart-Battery.product.100476406.html


I took a photo of the price and specs in Costco in February and they were $93.99. They're $98.99 now online ... going up up up ...


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Just Replaced a pair of 7 year old Duracel EGC2 with the same from Sams Club.

After instant $20.00 per battery cost after taxes etc came out to $ 113.83 each

In my opinion great service life at a great cost.

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They aren't cheap but I prefer Crown.


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Kamphiker wrote:

Just Replaced a pair of 7 year old Duracel EGC2 with the same from Sams Club.

After instant $20.00 per battery cost after taxes etc came out to $ 113.83 each

In my opinion great service life at a great cost.


Is the $20 per battery cost the core charge? You should get that back if you bring your old batteries back in. If you don't have old batteries to return you might be able to find a neighbor with an old battery or two in their yard that they want to get rid of.


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opnspaces wrote:

Kamphiker wrote:

Just Replaced a pair of 7 year old Duracel EGC2 with the same from Sams Club.

After instant $20.00 per battery cost after taxes etc came out to $ 113.83 each

In my opinion great service life at a great cost.


Is the $20 per battery cost the core charge? You should get that back if you bring your old batteries back in. If you don't have old batteries to return you might be able to find a neighbor with an old battery or two in their yard that they want to get rid of.


No, The $ 20.00 instant savings was a one day deal they run from time to time. the core charge is different.

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